Picture frames were primarily created to protect the pictures. The frames were primarily used for isolating and safeguarding particular paintings. The antique frames have a history dating to the 2nd century B.C. Back then frames were usually made by painter himself.
During the Renaissance, however, that frame making gained prominence and that is how professional frame makers came into the forefront. The carved wooden frame found in the Middle Ages is the first antique frame.
Not everyone can afford genuine antique frame, but popular reproductions are available. The replications are made in wood or metal, and they appear like genuine pieces and can suit everyone’s budget.
As time went by, majority of people prefered simple frames in wood or plastic to reflect their personal style and the antique frames became collector’s items. But not long ago attitudes changed and the focus of attention shifted to the antique picture frames once again. They have slowly but surely graduated from collector’s items to must-have items.
One piece of advice though, if the frames are not used appropriately they can mess up the picture and the decor of the house. If the frame does not gel with the modernistic fitting, then the whole purpose of the antique frame is lost.
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